Green Is the New Black: How to Change the World with Style
Does our shopping addiction contribute to climate change? What's so special about organic cotton? Who are the real fashion victims behind cheap jeans? From the truth about fast fashion to the best biodegradable shoes, from guilt-free spending sprees to the joys of swishing parties, Tamsin Blanchard is your guide to all things fair trade and fabulous. She explains the princ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 30th 2007 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Jul 27, 2011 Michelle De Guzman rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition Recommends it for: fashionistas with great desire to be eco-chic.
Although it spurred some ideas and gave tips on how to incorporate the 'green' into everyone's everyday fashion, the book, for me, fell short as it only mostly featured shops & websites that catered to the Brit eco-chic. I was hoping to see suggestions of brands/organizations/individuals from all over the world (citing the fact that she's traveled to different parts of the world to do fashion shoots). And some of the tips have already been done before. I was hoping to learn more than what I'...more
This book originates in the UK circa. 2007 and was just brought over to American readers 100% as-is, so many of the references and resources are largely useless (.co.uk web sites, where to find quality knickers and how to recycle your old trainers, etc.) A huge turnoff for me is the suggestion early on that it's worth it for gals to save up all their lives to be put on the waiting list for a multi-thousand dollar designer bag because the things really do last forever, when meanwhile, I have hand...more
This is a really useful reference book about ethical shopping and tips on how to make and mend the existing items of your wardrobe. Sometimes I felt that the writer and a few of the contributors to this book came from a position of privilege, from which they could prescribe how the poorer amongst us should consider the even poorer in our choices. I felt an affinity with the idea of shopping in and donating to charity shops, but had some difficulty with imagining myself investing in a brand new,...more
Most of the advice in here that's financially feasible for me I already do, and the rest is sort of ridiculously idealized, expensive planet of the fashion and beauty editors type nonsense that only people with a lot of time and a lot of money are going to be feeling. AND YET, for some reason this book has a soothing effect on me not unlike the stress-reducing and calming properties of the classic works of original recipe Heloise. Every time I try to get rid of it because there really isn't a lo...more